In The News

  • Pacem in Terris in 2014

    This idealized vision of individuals and community set forth by the Roman Catholic Church in Pacem in Terris, reminds us that our contemporary debates are far from new, and that we must continue to engage each other, and mine our religious traditions, in debates over the common good and creating community.  

    Written... read more

  • ICJS Roman Catholic Scholar speaks on Maryland Morning

    ICJS Roman Catholic Scholar, Heather Miller Rubens, discussed religion and the law on WYPR’s Maryland Morning, April 15th.

    In response to a recent lawsuit about “invoking the name of a specific deity” in prayer at Carroll County Commission Board meetings, Tom Hall spoke with ICJS Roman Catholic Scholar Heather Miller Rubens and Mark Graber, a professor of law and government at the University of Maryland law school, about the intersection of religion and law.

    The full podcast for... read more

  • ICJS Executive Director cited in Weekly Standard

    ICJS Executive Director Christopher Leighton’s critique of the controversial Presbyterian study guide, Zionism Unsettled:  A Congregational Study Guide, was featured in The Weekly Standard. 

    “An Open Letter to the... read more

  • Collision: Jews, Christians, and Muslims

    This year's Manekin-Clark Lecture will be presented by Dr. David Nirenberg. His lecture, Collision: Jews, Christians, and Muslims, will address historical and contemporary issues of interreligious relations among these three faiths.

    When: Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
    Where: Beth El Congregation (8101 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208).
    Cost: This event is free and open to the public.
    RSVP: Please call Mary Krastel at 410-494-7161 to... read more

  • Can Christians Think a New Thought?

    In Wesley Ariarajah's newest book, the argument begins with a call to rethink the Christian doctrine of God and then progresses to a re-examination of the doctrines of sin, salvation, Christology, and mission.

    Written by Dr. Christopher M. Leighton (November 14, 2013)

    Many of us live within cramped theological quarters.... read more

  • Hearts, Souls, and Wars in Hungary

    Marianne Szegedy-Maszak talks about her book, I Kiss Your Hands Many Times: Hearts, Souls, and Wars in Hungary.

    Author Marianne Szegedy-Maszak discusses her family memoir about her parents journey from wartime Hungary at the Central branch of the... read more

  • "Evangelicals in a Pluralist Society" ETS Eastern Regional Meeting

    The Evangelical Theological Society will be hosting Evangelicals in a Pluralist Society: Evangelical Engagement, Interfaith and Ecumenical.

    The 2014 Eastern Region ETS meeting will be hosted by St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, MD. The theme is "Evangelical Engagement, Interfaith and Ecumenical." The keynote speaker will be Dr. Gerald McDermott of Roanoke College. Responses to Dr. McDermott will be presented by speakers representing a variety of perspectives. Respondents include... read more

  • RTC pilots Volume III in Atlanta, GA

    Teaching the art of "sacred arguing." At the ICJS, we want the people who attend our classes to be able to do more than simply articulate their own perspectives. We want them to learn how to listen to and talk about a variety of perspectives. 

    Rabbi Ilyse Kramer (March 13, 2014)

    In January and February 2014, the ICJS began piloting Volume III of “Reclaiming the Center”—“Holy Land, Contested Land: Israel and Palestine in the American Religious Imagination”—in two Atlanta congregations, First... read more

  • Meet Our New Jewish Scholar, Benjamin Sax

    The ICJS welcomes Dr. Benjamin Sax. He is teaching his first ICJS course this January, Reading with Rosann & Responding with Ben.

    Benjamin Sax received his Ph.D. in the history of Judaism from the University of Chicago in 2008.  Dr. Sax researches the complex relationship between philosophical hermeneutics and modern theology. Broadly speaking, his research is focused on modern Jewish thought and is predicated on the hermeneutical concept of... read more

  • Reflections of Reclaiming the Center, Atlanta

    For clergy and lay participants alike, RTC is reinforcing the essential theological message that we can grow stronger in our own faith and religious identity when we open ourselves to the possibility that enduring truths can be found in the faith traditions of others as well.

    As another year of Reclaiming the Center begins in Atlanta, GA, we hope these salient remarks by clergy and organizers of RTC Atlanta remind us of the importance of coming together.

    Reverend Michael Sullivan: The respect that we have for one... read more